Poor prunes. They always seem to be the butt of a joke.
In all seriousness, if raisins are nature’s candy, prunes are nature’s truffle. At their best, they are tender, sweet, and heavenly, as well as good sources for calcium, Vitamin A, and, oh yeah…fiber. Speaking of truffles, this week’s recipe for Fruity Snowballs is reminiscent of that variety of treat. If you are in the mood for something sweet (maybe to give a special someone on Valentine’s Day?) but would prefer to get some nutritional value out of your indulgence, I would recommend you try this easy recipe. And I would argue to include prunes in the dried fruit component, as their moisture helps prevent the Fruity Snowballs from drying out if they are not going to be served immediately.
If you really have an aversion to prunes, it’s okay. I certainly won’t judge you. Mindful cooking is about playing with your food to make it exactly what you want and need, and in this case, you can experiment with one or more dried fruits, varieties of cereal, and different types of nuts. So happy cooking!
1 tablespoon unsalted butter
1/4 cup brown sugar
1 ½ teaspoons maple syrup (optional)
1 tablespoon orange juice
¼ teaspoon nutmeg
¼ teaspoon cinnamon
1 cup dried fruit of your choice
1/3 cup crunchy multi-grain cereal
3 tablespoons nuts
¼ cup confectioner’s sugar, divided (you will not need it all)
In a small pan, combine the butter, brown sugar, maple syrup, orange juice, and spices. Place over medium heat and stir constantly until the butter is melted and you have a syrupy consistency. Remove the syrup to a mixing bowl and set aside to cool.
In the meantime, combine the fruit, cereal, and nuts in the bowl of a food processor with a quarter of the confectioner’s sugar. Run the machine until the contents form a paste. Add to the bowl containing the syrup and mix together completely. Refrigerate for at least 20 minutes to allow the mixture to firm up.
Pull off pieces of the mixture and roll into one inch balls, then roll through the remaining confectioner’s sugar and shake to remove the excess. Place the balls in a single layer on a plate, and when all the snowballs are assembled, refrigerate to set.
What kind of flavor combinations would you want to try in this recipe?